Charles Drew University
PHY 251 – General Physics II Spring 2014
Syllabus

Lecture: Tuesdays 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Lecture Location: Keck 231
Lab: Thursdays 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Lab Location: SESC
Units: 4
Instructor: E. Rodrigo, Ph.D.
Office: Keck 219
Office Hours: Wednesdays 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm or by appointment
Email: enricorodrigo@cdrewu.edu
Textbook: College Physics Volume 2, 8^{th} Edition by H. Young and R. Geller
ISBN: 0805378235
Website: www.webfilesuci.org/phy251/
Course Content
An introduction, emphasizing biomedical applications, to fundamental concepts of classical and modern physics including: electromagnetism, electric circuits, optics, quantum theory, relativity, atoms, nuclei, and elementary particles.
Student Learning Outcomes
• You will be able to explain the concepts contained in the course content and recognize practical situations to which they can be applied.
• You will be able to use algebra and trigonometry to mathematically describe physical systems relevant to the course content and to use such descriptions to calculate the value of unknown quantities and to evaluate experimental evidence.
• You will be able to accurately collect experimental data, estimate error in the data, draw valid conclusions from the data, preserve data integrity, and record all aspects of experiments in a properly maintained laboratory notebook.
• You will be able to use computers to solve problems in physics.
• You will be able to interpret graphical and tabular representations of data.
• You will become aware of the importance of the ethical conduct in science.
Grading
Homework 5% 50
Quizzes 5% 50
Regular Exams 40% 400
Final Exam 20% 200
Lab 30% 300

100% 1000 points
Minimum points to receive particular letter grades are shown below.
è M = Median total points of students in the class.
Letter Grade 
Minimum Points Required 
A^{ } 
the lesser of 933.3 and M + 183.3 
A^{} 
the lesser of 900.0 and M + 150.0 
B^{+} 
the lesser of 866.7 and M + 116.7 
B 
the lesser of 833.3 and M + 83.3 
B^{} 
the lesser of 800.0 and M + 50.0 
C^{+} 
the lesser of 766.7 and M + 16.7 
C 
the lesser of 733.3 and M – 16.7 
C^{} 
the lesser of 700.0 and M – 50.0 
D^{+} 
the lesser of 650.0 and M – 100.0 
D 
the lesser of 600.0 and M – 150.0 
D^{} 
the lesser of 550.0 and M – 200.0 
F 
0 
Example 1: M = 600 è ‘A’ requires 600 + 183.3 = 783.3
‘B’ requires 600 + 83.3 = 683.3; etc.
Example 2: M = 800 è ‘A’ requires 933.3 (because 933.3 < 800 + 183.3)
‘B’ requires 833.3 (because 833.3 < 800 + 83.3); etc.
Note that this grading scheme does not guarantee that the highest scoring student will get an ‘A’.
However, it does ensure that it is possible for every student to earn an ‘A’.
Tests
There will be 5 quizzes, 4 regular exams, and 1 final exam. Each quiz counts for 1% of your grade, each regular exam for 10%, and the final exam for 20%. All tests will be given at the start of class. The final exam will occur on Tuesday, April 29, 2014. There will be no makeups for missed tests.
Homework
There will be 5 homework assignments, each of which count for 10 points (i.e. 1% ) of your grade. Homework assignments will be graded as “complete” or “incomplete”. Completed assignments, showing an honest attempt to solve each problem, will receive 10 points. Incomplete assignments will receive 0 points. Late assignments will not be graded.
Lab
The lab component of this course is virtual and will normally be conducted within the Student Education and Services Center. The lab constitutes 30% of your grade.
Attendance
Expected but not required. Note, however, that the best indicator of the content of the quizzes and exams is the material covered in class.